A number of events was held within the 76th meeting of the WTO Committee on SPS measures on 5-8 November.
The talks between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the representatives of the General Administration of Customs of China were held on the margins of the Committee on November 7.
During the talks the parties discussed issues related to the export of animal products to the Chinese market. In particular, the Rosselkhoznadzor reminded to their colleagues about the necessity to fulfill the agreements set forth in the Protocol of the 8th Standing Working Group.
Agreements consist in the addition of latin names to the list of fish and sea products, Section “Russia”, Fishery Products Catalogue, in the Register of the establishments authorized to export their products to China. The Russian party highlighted that despite the Chinese party had committed to make these technical modifications in their list, addressing this issue would take much time.
At the end of the meeting the Rosselkhoznadzor thanked the Chinese party for the visit made by their delegation headed by Yu Kangzhen, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the PRC, to the Belgorod Oblast in September 2019.
The parties marked the necessity to continue cooperation in experience exchange, including the one regarding ASF prevention and control.
Also the Rosselkhoznadzor held negotiations with the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia. During the meeting the parties discussed issues related to the access of animal products to the markets of both countries.
The Indonesian party expressed its wish to export bananas and pineapples in Russia. The Rosselkhoznadzor representatives, however, informed their colleagues that export of these products shall be carried out in compliance with the Regulation on Procedure of Phytosanitary Control (Supervision) at the Customs Border of the Customs Union, approved by the CU Commission Decision No. 318 of 18.06.2010.
In its turn, the Russian party stated that it was waiting for the Chinese party to agree on certificates for the export of such Russian products as fish and seafood (fishery products) intended for human consumption, poultry meat, milk and dairy products, finished meat products, mutton, table eggs and egg products.
During the meeting the parties also discussed lysine export from Indonesia to Russia. The Rosselkhoznadzor asked their colleagues to provide them assistance in prompt organization of an inspection visit as well as to give answers to the pre-inspection questionary which had been forwarded to the Indonesian party in the official letter of October 15, 2019.
The parties agreed to strengthen cooperation in agricultural trade.